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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Pioneer announces "Stories of Hope" Playwriting Competition; Virgin Labfest Campus Tour


Since 1954, Pioneer has been in the service of insuring Filipinos and the things they value most. Through the decades, it has also found inspiration through the arts, and has supported the artistic community through insurance coverage and sponsorships. As a means of continued support for the Filipino talent, Pioneer announces Pioneer Stories of Hope Playwriting Competition.

The campaign paves way for fresh ideas from young, aspiring playwrights who have ‘hope-full’ stories to tell.

Whether the stories are about Filipino resilience or being positive despite challenging situations, college students nationwide are invited to share them through a one-act play that can be written in English, Filipino, or Taglish.


Submission of scripts is from September 01 to November 06, 2015 (extended until November 27, 2015). The winner will be announced on December 14, 2015. A P25,000 cash prize plus insurance coverage from Pioneer await the winning entry. Visit www.storieslab.ph for the complete details of the competition.


Pioneer, an established life and non-life insurance company in the country, has always been inclined to the arts through sponsorships, coverage, and promotions of cultural events. In fact, the group has covered theater plays such as Miss Saigon, The LittleMermaid, and Trumpet’s N.O.A.H.

Last year, Pioneer rolled out the Stories of Friendship Video Competition that encouraged participants to share their take on friendship through a three-minute video. Ateneo de Davao’s My Friends Who Ran took home the first prize.


Pioneer sponsors Virgin Labfest 11
Consistent with its passion for the arts and belief that it stirs creativity and innovation, Pioneer has tapped Virgin Labfest 11, an annual playwriting competition organized by Tanghalang Pilipino, Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), and Writer’s Bloc, Inc.

Out of the hundred entries submitted, 12 unpublished and untried plays were chosen to be staged at the CCP from June 24 to July 12, 2015.

Pioneer has also sponsored the Virgin Labfest Cast Party held last July 12 at the CCP Bay Terminal where outstanding stage plays were recognized. When Sam Met Jo by Job Pagsibigan was named “Audience Choice” after garnering the most number of online votes through the Pioneer Facebook Page. Dalawang Gabi by Maynard Manansala, Si Maria Isabella at ang Guryon ng mga Tala by Eljay Castro Deldoc, and Birtwal by Jose Garcia were honored with “Academe’s Choice.”

Meanwhile, Juan Miguel Severo’s Hintayan ng Langit received the “Pioneer’s Choice” recognition for its excellent portrayal of hope.

Ms. Len Pozon, vice president for Marketing of Pioneer; and Mr. Fernando “Nanding” Josef, creative director of Tanghalang Pilipino

“Pioneer has always been inspired by the arts and with this, we are honored that Tanghalang Pilipino, CCP, and Writer’s Bloc, Inc. have partnered with us in our Stories of Hope campaign,” said Pioneer Marketing Head Len Pozon.

She then added, “Through this partnership, we want to spark the curiosity andunderstanding of the theater community, as well as heighten the appreciation ofFilipino culture among students.”

Pioneer launches Virgin Labfest Campus Tour 
To further give recognition to these exceptional stage plays and playwrights, Pioneer has organized the Virgin Labfest Campus Tour. The winning plays will be showcased to select universities and colleges in the Metro and an open forum with their respective directors and playwrights will take place to address questions from the audience.

Sked of the Virgin Labfest Campus Tour:
September 1 (2PM) : MIRIAM COLLEGE 
- Dalawang Gabi
- Walang Kukurap (TP Play)

September 23 (2PM) : LYCEUM OF THE PHILIPPINES UNIVERSITY 
- Birtwal
- Dalawang Gabi

September 30 (6PM) : UNIVERSITY OF SANTO TOMAS 
- Hintayan ng Langit
- Si Maria Isabella at ang Guryon ng mga Tala

October 5 (2PM) : UNIVERSITY OF MAKATI 
- Birtwal
- Hintayan ng Langit

October 13 (2PM) : DE LA SALLE – COLLEGE OF ST. BENILDE 
- Dalawang Gabi
- Hintayan ng Langit

For inquiries, feel free to call Kris Caturay of Digital Marketing at (02) 812-7777 local 455.


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